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Electrical hazards on construction sites

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites are dynamic environments where various hazards lurk. Electrical accidents are among the most common and dangerous incidents that occur on job sites. Employers as well as workers should understand the potential dangers associated with electrical work.

In addition to reviewing key aspects of electrical accidents on construction sites, workers should go over tips to ensure safety.

Electrical hazards

Construction sites often involve working near overhead power lines, which pose a significant risk if proper precautions are not taken. Workers should be aware of the location of power lines and maintain a safe distance to prevent accidental contact. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends staying no less than 10 feet from overhead power lines.

Poorly maintained or outdated electrical systems, faulty wiring and malfunctioning equipment can also lead to electrical accidents. Regular inspections and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment can prevent mishaps. Furthermore, inadequate grounding can cause electrical current to flow through unintended paths. For example, metal structures and equipment. Workers should ensure that electrical systems are properly grounded to reduce the risk of electric shock.

Preventing accidents

Proper training and education help ensure that workers can identify potential hazards. Employers should provide training programs to all employees involved in electrical tasks. Gloves, safety glasses and non-conductive footwear can also reduce the risk of electrical accidents. Regular inspections and maintenance can help uncover potential hazards before accidents occur.

Electrical accidents on construction sites can have severe consequences. Injuries, fatalities and property damage can occur during electrical work. By implementing proper safety measures, workers can stay safe and avoid such accidents.